Today’s “a day in the life” is the lovely Heather of Heather’s Dish. I love Heather’s devotion to her family. Her blog is a great balance of personal stories, reflections, and of course, FOOD. Gorgeous, delicious food.
Tell me about yourself and how you started food blogging.
I have actually been blogging since about 2006 when my husband used a blog for his portfolio for the photography business he did on the side. We also had a little blog about our marriage for family and friends, but that quickly fell by the wayside when we started to get really busy with work and life. In the summer of 2009 I started the precursor to Heather’s Dish, A Joyful Kitchen. It was mainly supposed to be a little adventure of food through the Denver area, where we lived at the time, but eventually turned into a healthy living blog where I documented my food intake and exercise. I started to realize that recipe development was my true passion, so over time Heather’s Dish was born and I started only posting recipes and stories of our life. Now that we have a son I love sharing about just life as well as food, and I’m excited to see how my space online changes over the coming years!
I am really lucky that I have a job I can set my own hours for and can work from home while I take care of my son. My main job first and foremost is as Weston’s mom, which is why I don’t do nearly as much work as I did pre-baby, but I would never have it any other way. I’ve always wanted to work and have something of my own, even with kids, and blogging is just that for me! While my schedule most of the day is dictated largely by my son’s needs I could never count myself as anything but completely blessed!
- 6:30 AM: Wake up when my son does; he’s kind of my alarm clock these days! I usually wash my face and brush my teeth quickly before grabbing him and heading up to the kitchen.
- 6:45 AM: Fix breakfast for the two of us (and my husband if he hasn’t already eaten). I usually make a big breakfast casserole for Nate and I to eat off of for the week, and Weston’s typical breakfast fare is Cheerios, banana and yogurt.
- 7:15-9 AM: Play and clean and organize the day. Wes is in the middle of transitioning from two naps to one, so if it’s a two-nap day then he usually goes to sleep around 9. We’ll pretend it’s a 2-napper, so we play and get him good and tired until this point.
- 9:00-11 AM: This is when I do the bulk of my blogging and social media stuff for the day, and then I work out. I usually try to schedule about an hour apiece for blogging and working out before Wes wakes up so that I’m good and ready for lunch when he is!
- 11-11:30 AM – Wes wakes up and we eat lunch. It’s usually leftovers for me and a mix of protein/fruit/bread for him + milk. My little dude isn’t really talking just yet, but we’ll read and “chat” while we eat!
- 11:30-1:30 PM: Play time! Wes and I play for a while with blocks, books, puzzles and kitchen stuff. This is also the time that he’ll watch a little Baby Einstein while I unload the dishwasher and fold clothes. I like to get those things done then because…
- 1:30-3 PM: Weston’s second nap begins and I’m hustling to get all of my cooking for freelance articles and the blog done during this time. This is also usually when I do the photography and editing done. Plus it’s when my dishwasher is totally empty, so cleaning up is a lot easier and lot quieter.
- 3-5 PM: Wes is up again! This is usually the time we head out of the house for a little while. I try to get us out once a day if I can so that we don’t get totally sick of one another (more like so Wes doesn’t get sick of being cooped up at home). During the winter there were a lot of trips to Target or the mall to just walk around, but now that summer is getting closer we do a lot of park activities and walks. We’ll bring water and snacks to eat while we’re out! If, for some reason, I haven’t been able to finish up freelance stuff I usually try to get it done before we go, but typically I finish those things at night.
- 5:30-7:30 PM: Daddy gets home and we all get to enjoy dinner, bathtime (for Wes), and playing some more outside. Wes has his last bottle or sippy cup of milk and then hits the sack!
- 7:30-11:30 PM: This is the time that I finish cleaning everything up, finish editing photos, write blog posts, work on freelance projects, go through emails and generally spend time working. The week varies so much throughout with the work I do in the evenings; Moday-Wednesday nights are pretty much nonstop, but Thursday and Friday are pretty light loads. I try to get everything done as best I can earlier on so that by the time Friday hits I can just relax and get ready to enjoy the weekend!
- 11:30-6:30 AM: Bed! Unless Weston wakes up in the middle of the night. In which case it means snuggles and sleeping with a baby horizontally in our bed ;)
What is your one must-have kitchen tool or gadget?
I use my food processor literally every.single.day. I use it to puree cauliflower, make nut butters, create dough, everything! Next to that I guess my oven would the next in line!
What is the most important part of your day? Why?
The most important part of my day (and my favorite part!) is getting to spend time with both my husband and son together when Nate gets home from work. Some of my fondest memories growing up are of my entire family sitting together and talking about our days and our lives; I can’t imagine anything more important or inspiring that being with the people I love!
What is your LEAST favorite part of the day? Why?
What is your favorite day of the week? Why?
That’s a hard one to pick! I love Friday – the start of true relaxation and fun! But I don’t mind Mondays either as a break from the craziness of weekend non-schedules too!
If you had to choose one place to travel to every year over and over, where would it be? Why? Have you been there before?
Tortola in the British Virgin Islands. We went there a few years ago and it was the most amazing vacation! Tortola is really small and not a really well-known island, so you have a chance to really get to the know the culture and immerse yourself in it (and the ocean!) without a lot of touristy stuff getting in the way.
If you could travel anywhere in the world for free, where would you go and how long would you stay?
I have always wanted to make my way through Western Europe, but especially Italy. And I’d probably just stay until I got tired of being there!
What is your favorite quote or verse?
Romans 12:12 Be joyful in hope, patient in affliction and faithful in prayer.
What recipe on your blog are you most proud of?
There are actually a few, but one of my favorites for this season is The Ultimate Strawberry Lemonade. Life-changing!
What recipe on your blog do your readers seem to love most?
Funny enough it’s the same thing – strawberry lemonade!
What is your guilty food pleasure that you’re embarrassed to fess up to? Kraft Mac & Cheese? Spagetti-o’s? Canned cheese? We promise not to judge!
When I was in college my roommates and I used to LOVE eating chicken Ramen with cheddar cheese on top. I would still eat that every day if I never had to read the Ramen package
What have you learned since you began blogging?
I’ve learned that this internet world is really a huge huge HUGE place. There’s a lot of evil and lot of good. The best way to get through it all (and life in general I think) is to assume the best in others, KNOW the best in yourself, and surround yourself with good people.
Thanks Heather! I love the verse you chose as your favorite. Thanks for sharing!